M.S. Polier Dry Goods


126 Laurens Street SW
Aiken, SC 29801


In the 1880s, H.L. Polier (1850-1921) initiated a chain migration of Jews from Eastern Europe to Aiken. One such Jewish immigrant that followed H.L. Polier in 1881 was his younger brother, Morris S. “M.S.” Polier (1860-1935), from Knyszyn, Poland. In late August 1899, M.S. Polier opened a general merchandise business in Aiken. Upon its opening, the Aiken Standard noted the fact that M.S. Polier’s business was the fifth Jewish store in the city. M.S. Polier operated his eponymous dry goods store until 1906 when he left Aiken for Atlanta. 

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Announcement for M.S. Polier’s dry goods business, 1899. Reprinted from the Aiken Standard, August 30, 1899. 


The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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